Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Giving Thanks

By: Jaymie Leighton
From: Vintage Kitchen Mystery Series
Author: Victoria Hamilton 
Book 2: Bowled Over
Publication Date: March 5th, 2013

I know a lot of folks consider shopping the best part of Thanksgiving, and maybe that's how they bond with those around them, but I won't be anywhere near a store on Thanksgiving or the days after. I'll be with family.

But... what is family? Actually, I spent Canadian Thanksgiving in October with my Grandma Leighton, my sister Becca, and my parents, who flew up to Canada from Boca Raton, so tomorrow for dinner I'll be with my extended family, my best friend Valetta Nibley and her brother, Brock and his kids. Then later, for dessert, I'll head over to spend some time with DeeDee Stubbs and her hubby, brother-in-law and mother-in-law at the Queensville Inn.

Family can mean something more than blood ties. It all depends on if you are home and blessed by being surrounded by loved ones, or if you are serving our country overseas, perhaps, in the Army, Navy or Marines. So many others serve overseas too, those who belong to the UN Peacekeeping Force, the International Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders and so on. Those are my heroes, the men and women who serve far from home and away from family this Thanksgiving and through Christmas.

'Hoppy' Thanksgiving, everyone!
They are braver than I will ever be. An important part of their family must be the men and women who surround them, their comrades in arms and aid, upon whom they rely for almost everything; friendship, protection and solace in a lonely, homesick hour.

While one definition of family, according to the dictionary, is "a group of individuals living under one roof", I regard another definition as more important. Family is "a group of people united by certain convictions or a common affiliation", in other words, those closest to you in ways more important than blood ties.

For this Thanksgiving, I wish you peace and joy and good times with YOUR family, whoever they may be! Oh, and 'Hoppy' Turkey Day everyone! (Hoppy made me say that, because he loves turkey!)


With whom are YOU (and HOW are you) celebrating this Thanksgiving day and weekend? And what is family to you?

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34 comments:

  1. I'm thankful for new directions and good friends. I'm very lucky and I know it. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

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  2. We have a group of friends that we call The Roving Party. We take turns having holiday gatherings at our homes. Thanksgiving is our turn. The crowd won't be as big this year as one the families that usually joined was transferred back east. But we'll still have a good time and probably all eat too much.

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    1. I just love this idea!! The Roving Party sounds like a good time.

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  3. Spending Thanksgiving with my daughter and grandson. Preparing some of my mom's Louisiana recipes.

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    1. Oooh, Louisiana recipes!!! Do you use old cookbooks, or family lore?

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  4. Happy Thanksgiving, one and all! We'll be five for dinner: my husband and I, my son, and my daughter and her new husband. But throughout the day, there will be folks in and out: the people from across the street who will join us for our traditional Thanksgiving Bloody Mary, a friend from across town who can't come for dinner but promises to stop in, my son's best friend. They are ALL family, and I'm thankful for every single one of them!

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    1. 'Family' is all about the people who live in your heart.

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  5. Wonderful sentiments...and how lucky to celebrate two Thanksgivings with those who mean so much to you! Happy THanksgiving.

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  6. My parents are too far away and my mother's often too busy for holidays, so I stay in Threadville where a bunch of us will cook up a feast! Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

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  7. This is the first time in over 308 years it will just be my husband and myself for Thanksgiving. We just saw family three weeks ago for a family celebration. It seems strange. Family is very important ro me.

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    1. Okay, so I know '308' was a typo, but it did make me stop and think. Wow! LOL. Sometimes, though, seriously, just your husband and you can make for a lovely 'reconnecting' kind of Thanksgiving, right?

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  8. Thank you for the link, Victoria, and thank you for the lovely blog, especially mentioning those who are working around the world to bring Peace on Earth. I love the slide show of the delighful array of cozy mysteries-some dear treasures already on my shelves and others that jumped right on to my list to Santa!! Thanks and Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone in this Happy Gang! I agree, a home is where people love, and while I am having a quiet day at home, it is still enjoyable to know that all I love are celebrating across the country and the globe, and all of us with gratitude and love in our hearts, both cherishing the memories of glorious holidays through the years and making memories for the future. Love, hugs, and magic!!

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    1. I think often, with gratitude, about the folks who are trying to take some of our plenty to others around the globe. Peace, everyone!

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  9. For some reason the post and comments are making me tear up this morning! Wow!

    We'll be entertaining at home this year, with my husband's sister and her family (who came in on Sunday), my parents, my brother and his family, my cousin and her husband, all coming from different states, plus a friend from church. It'll be a houseful of fun!

    However you are celebrating, hope everybody has a great Thanksgiving! :)

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    1. I always get sentimental this time of year, just like the song says! Anything beautiful or touching can make me cry, like a song on the radio, a lovely commercial, and even the stained glass windows at church! Sun was pouring through the 'Ascension' window on the weekend, and I teared up!

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  10. Thank you for this great blog for those who love cozy mysteries and "killer characters"! I appreciate it so much.
    My family is going to be together for Thanksgiving. I don't do "Black Friday" - at least not out in the stores - (I may get something online). But family and giving thanks for all our blessings is what this holiday is all about for me.
    Happy Holidays to all!

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    1. Shopping online doesn't feel the same, does it? I don't lke crowds, so I would NEVER be out there shopping in that crush! Have a good Thanksgiving!

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  11. I work at a small college, and volunteered to stay on campus for Thanksgiving. Not all the students are able to go home, so we have events running for the break to keep them entertained and active.
    Its hard to be away from my family, but I am happy to serve the students in this way.

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    1. That is so nice, Heather-Renee! It warms my heart to hear aobut what folks do for other, this time of year, but all year long, too!

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  12. Tomorrow I will be cooking and eating. Friday I will NOT be going shopping. In fact, I'm waiting as long as I can before I shop. I hate lots of crowds so if I can go really late at night, that's the best for me. Of course I do some online shopping to.

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  13. my family is me and my son. me and my son just hang out and read or play and stuff ourselves silly. we live in oregon now so instead of snowball fights we will run around in the rain.

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  14. My Son and I are going over to my Daughter and Son-in-laws Home to celebrate Thanksgiving tomorrow.
    They are cooking most of the meal, but Im bringing a pie and the ingredients for a side dish. =)

    Family to me are my children, Son-in-law, cousins, Uncle and my Grandad ( who is 95 years old ). My grandparents were married over 74 years before my grandmothers passing in 2010.
    I cherish everyone in my family.

    I hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving holiday!

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  15. To me "family" is you described it and think of it, Jaymie. Family is my relatives, but it's also my sorority sister and other close friends. It's those who call me Shi, Skylar, Speedy and Sunshine.

    Shiloh

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  16. I'm spending the day with my fabulous Mom & my wonderful Husband. I'm very lucky to have them both.

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  17. I have no family so I spend Thanksgiving traveling and I have a wonderful happy holiday. I love the freedom of not being tied to a ritual and having the choice to do what I want. Its a great gift. I am always grateful for all my blessings and surviving the last 3 years which have been like no others before them.

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  18. Thank you all for sharing you own very special Thanksgiving stories! Have a wonderful day. I'll be thinking of you all!

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  19. I'm thankful I'm finally going to meet my newest granddaughter

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  20. I am thankful for meeting Dean James 2 years ago, our friendship and his introducing me to this blog and 'new to me' authors!

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  21. I am thankful for being my new husband. I never have to spend a holiday alone . . . Shannon N (New Berlin, WI)

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  22. So much to enjoy this holiday season. Gift giving is a true feeling of happiness ad thankfulness(Shannon N - New Berlin, WI)

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  23. My daughter loves cozy's, this would make a nice surprise for her if I'd win it. Thank you for hosting this giveaway.

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

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  24. Shannon N (New Berlin, WI) - enjoy reading the books..a great series that keeps getting better

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